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Staff and Wire Reports
Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Pump prices across Western Pennsylvania are continuing their march toward $4 a gallon, AAA East Central said on Tuesday.

The average for regular this week is $3.956, up 3.5 cents from last week, the organization said. Prices hit $3.999 this week in Indiana, Latrobe and Mercer. On the low end, the price is $3.879 in New Kensington.

The national average is $3.923, AAA said. Experts cautioned that more increases are coming. Many refineries still haven't undergone a seasonal maintenance period that will force them to produce less gas. That will tighten supplies in some parts of the country, especially in the Great Lakes region, and push prices higher.

"In about two weeks we're going to see more refineries go into maintenance, and prices are going to creep up," said Patrick DeHaan, a retail price expert with DeHaan expects the national average to rise to between $3.95 and $4.35 per gallon by the end of April.

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